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The Kingdom Round the Corner A Novel   By: (1883-1959)

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The Kingdom Round the Corner A Novel

BOOKS BY MR. DAWSON

NOVELS

THE KINGDOM ROUND THE CORNER

THE GARDEN WITHOUT WALLS

SLAVES OF FREEDOM

THE RAFT

LAST CHANCE RIVER

THE ROAD TO AVALON

SHORTER STORIES

THE LITTLE HOUSE Illustrations by Stella Langdale

THE SEVENTH CHRISTMAS Illustrations by Edmund Dulac

THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY Illustrations by W.C. Rice

WAR BOOKS

CARRY ON: LETTERS IN WAR TIME

THE GLORY OF THE TRENCHES

OUT TO WIN: THE STORY OF AMERICA IN FRANCE

LIVING BAYONETS: A RECORD OF THE LAST PUSH

THE TEST OF SCARLET: A ROMANCE OF REALITY

POEMS

FLORENCE ON A CERTAIN NIGHT

THE WORKER AND OTHER POEMS

[Illustration:]" I'm sorry," Tabs apologized. "I didn't mean anything unkind. "

The Kingdom Round the Corner A Novel

By CONINGSBY DAWSON

Illustrated by W.D. Stevens

" To every man the woman whom he loves is as Mother Earth was to her legendary son: he has but to kneel and kiss her breast to know that he is strong again. " Michelet

NEW YORK

Cosmopolitan Book Corporation

M C M X X I

Copyright, 1921, by Cosmopolitan Book Corporation, New York. All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including that of the Scandinavian

Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I PAGE AN ALTERED WORLD 7

CHAPTER II

RETRIEVERS OF YOUTH 54

CHAPTER III

ALL SORTS OF KINGDOMS 94

CHAPTER IV

THE COMPLICATIONS OF MAISIE 134

CHAPTER V

THE AIR OF CONQUEST 172

CHAPTER VI

TRAMPLED ROSES 217

CHAPTER VII

SOME PEOPLE FIND THEIR KINGDOMS 262

CHAPTER VIII

ROUND THE CORNER 311

The Illustrations by

W.D. Stevens

"I'M SORRY," TABS APOLOGIZED. "I DIDN'T MEAN ANYTHING UNKIND." (Page 33) Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

TABS EXTENDED HIS HAND. BRAITHWAITE MADE NO MOTION TO TAKE IT. 130

"MRS. LOCKWOOD, WHY CAN'T YOU LET ADAIR ALONE?" 172

"I WAS AFRAID YOU HAD LEFT" 324

The Kingdom Round the Corner

CHAPTER THE FIRST

AN ALTERED WORLD

I

It was on a blustering March morning in 1919 that Tabs regained his freedom. His last five months had been spent among doctors, having sundry bullets extracted from his legs. He walked with a limp which was not too perceptible unless he grew tired. His emotions were similar to those of a man newly released from gaol: he felt dazed, vaguely happy and a little lost. He felt dazed because he hadn't remembered that the world was so wide and so complicated. He felt lost because he was discovering that this wasn't the same old world that he had left in 1914. It hadn't paid him the compliment of marking time during his absence; it had marched impolitely forward. He would have to hurry to overtake it. What made him feel most lost at the moment was the fact that he had only just realized how his bravest years had been escaping. The reason for this realization was Terry. He had been accustomed to think of himself as in the first flush of manhood, with all life's conquests still lying ahead; it was therefore a little disconcerting to be told, as a matter of course, that he had only four more years to go till he was forty. "I'll be there at the station to meet you," Terry had written him. And then, she had added laughingly, "Father orders me to say that he only gives his permission because you're such an old friend and nearly middle aged."

Middle aged! He, Tabs, middle aged! The thought was appalling. It was a slander so almost true as to be incapable of disproving... Continue reading book >>




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